31 Jan. 2024
After an action-packed month of January, which saw France clinch the Men’s EHF EURO title, Egypt win the CAHB African Men’s Handball Championship and Qatar seal their sixth consecutive AHF Asian Men’s Handball Championship title, February also brings more handball to the forefront.
However, this time around, the focus shifts to the club teams, after the national sides got their lion’s share in January, but there is still plenty of action before the Olympic Qualification Tournaments take place in March – for the men’s competition – and in April – for the women’s competition.
With the 2024 IHF Women’s Junior World Championship and the 2024 IHF Women’s Youth Championship ready to take place in June and August respectively, the last spots reserved between the 32 qualified teams are ready to be taken at the IHF Trophy – Women’s Intercontinental Phase, scheduled between 28 February and 3 March 2024 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Six teams – Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Kosovo, New Caledonia, Uzbekistan and Nigeria – are ready to fight for the title in the youth competition, while Great Britain, Guinea, Mexico, New Caledonia, Peru and Uzbekistan take on the court in the junior’s category.
Moving back to Europe, the group phase of the EHF Champions League Women will be completed, with the last three matchdays being scheduled for February. The battle for the top two places in each group – currently held by Gyori Audi ETO KC, Odense Handbold, Metz Handball and Team Esbjerg – is still on, as those places go directly to the quarter-finals.
Three of the last four rounds of the group phase in the EHF Champions League Men are also scheduled for this month, with the top players in the world returning to their clubs, after shining on the courts in the three continental competitions which took place in January.
The second-tier European competition, the EHF European League, will also see the group phase completed in the women’s competition and the main round take place in the men’s competition.
Moving on to Africa, beach handball is king in the month of February, with an inaugural beach handball tournament taking place in Zone 5, between 22 and 26 February in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, as the sport gets more and more popular throughout the world.